As spring blooms around us, the garden beckons us to delve deeper into its enchantment. Here are some additional tasks to keep you busy in April:
? Continue planting potatoes, ensuring they are placed in well-prepared soil with adequate spacing. Aim to finish planting onion sets by mid-April, giving them ample time to establish.
? Direct sow a variety of vegetables such as beetroot, carrots, lettuce, radish, turnip, peas, spinach, and parsnip. Follow the recommended planting depths and spacing for each crop.
? Prune young stone fruit trees, including cherries and plums, as their leaf buds begin to open. Remove any dead, damaged, or crossing branches to promote healthy growth and shape the tree.
? Start sowing tomatoes indoors in preparation for planting them outside during the warmer summer months. Follow the seed packet instructions for the proper sowing depth and care.
? Thin out seedlings in crowded areas to provide sufficient space for each plant to thrive. This applies to crops like carrots, beetroots, and lettuce.
? Keep an eye on the weather and protect tender plants from unexpected late frosts. Cover them with horticultural fleece or cloches as needed.
? Stay vigilant against weeds by regular hoeing or hand weeding. This will help reduce competition for nutrients and ensure your crops have the best chance to flourish.
? Monitor your plants for signs of pests and diseases. Take appropriate measures to control them using organic methods or targeted treatments.
? Take moments to pause and enjoy the beauty of your garden. Listen to the birdsong, breathe in the sweet scents, and marvel at the wonder of nature's growth. As you tend to your garden with care, may it bring you a sense of peace and fulfilment. Enjoy the wonders of April and the promise of a bountiful season ahead! ???